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We all wear a mask of some sort or another; sometimes it is projected upon us by others; usually it is self administered.

I am intrigued with the mask as a symbol of absence; an absence of a hidden reality.

I set about using a mask in conjunction with “real” substances, objects and environments. I first determine what objects and environments provide the greatest opportunity for creating an hidden view of the world, then I set about to strengthen these elements by capturing my staged setups as digital photographs. I manipulate, layer, and alter each piece in my computer to “mask” the reality of the images from my camera.  My choices along the way determine a level of absence that I then hope the viewer will experience based on their particular emotional makeup.

masking reality - 2010

subsuming identity

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